Zaha Hadid creates billionaire bungalows in Singapore
Zaha Hadid has extended her global reach with two landmark bungalows, designed for a polo-playing billionaire property developer in Singapore.
These are the first images of the Nassim Road villas, which are located close to the Singapore Botanical Gardens.
Their proximity to the lush tropical greenery has informed the design which attempts to mimic the landscape around of it.
A series of terraces and ramps are used to “usher the landscape into the heart of the villas”, weaving the site into the building.
A dramatically cantilevered roof doubles as a terrace from which future owners of the properties will be able to look into the gardens.
The scheme has been created for developer Satinder Garcha, sometime captain of the Singapore polo team who made his fortune with an IT services company.
Garcha is known to be a hands-on client. The 39-year-old has said that he generates 80% of the design ideas for his projects himself.
However, he told the Straits Times in 2008, that there were nonetheless crucial reasons for hiring a signature architect.
“There are many architects in Singapore who could do the job, but there is the branding to consider,” he explained.
Speaking before the global economic downturn he said he expected to sell each of the properties for between $40 million and $50 million.
The villas are Hadid’s first residential project in Singapore, and a start date for the project has not yet been announced.